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Leaving Morag

A Jewish protester sleeps on the front lawn of a home in Morag in Gush Katif, a cluster of 15 settlements in the Gaza Strip. Many young Israelis have entered the settlements, vowing not to leave. (Brian Vander Brug / LAT)
Settlers in Morag invited Israeli soldiers to a farewell party Tuesday, thanking them for guarding the town. The forced evacuation of Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip begins Wednesday. (Brian Vander Brug / LAT)
An Israeli soldier helps a family move from Morag in the Gaza Strip. (Brian Vander Brug / LAT)
Some members of the Atia family plan to stay back in their home in Morag to protest the evacuation of settlers from the Gaza Strip, while the rest will move to their new home. (Brian Vander Brug / LAT)
Jewish protesters enter the second story of a house in Morag through a hole they made with a sledgehammer earlier in the day. They plan to barricade themselves in the house and pull up the ladder when Israeli soldiers come to evacuate the town. (Brian Vander Brug / LAT)
Zimratya Prins, 21, embraces Karmit Cohen, 9, before Karmit left the settlement of Morag with her family. Prins planned to stay until the end. (Brian Vander Brug / LAT)
A Jewish settler in Morag enjoys the last day before the deadline to evacuate the town. (Brian Vander Brug / LAT)
An Israeli soldier hugs settlers after a farewell party in Morag. (Brian Vander Brug / LAT)
An Israeli soldier sleeps after working the night shift patrolling the Gaza Strip settlement of Morag. (Brian Vander Brug / LAT)